This coming Saturday, October 1st, Oakland Rising along with Black Lives Matter Bay Area, BYP100 and Allen Temple AIDS Ministry will host a BLM Election Town Hall and Candidate Forum in deep east Oakland, District 7. With the highest density of Black and Brown residents and voters in the Town, we strategically partnered to hear from candidates and learn about key issues on the ballot. The content of this Town Hall and Candidate Forum will be aligned with the Vision for Black Lives Matter, which Oakland Rising supports.

The event has caught like fire, with 195 people confirmed to attend and another 854 people listed as “interested” in the Facebook event. With this being Oakland Rising’s first election town hall and candidate forum, we are excited to see how it goes and continue this practice, given all of the momentum created by it.

When: Saturday, October 1 from 10AM to 2PM

Where: Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd

Candidates Confirmed
District 7 School Board: 
Chris Jackson

District 7 City Council:
Marcie Hodge
Nehanda Imara

City Council At Large:
Rebecca Kaplan
Peggy Moore
Matt Hummel

Have questions for the candidate? Leave questions here or use #D7AskTheCandidate on Facebook and Twitter.

There will be a concurrent Children’s Town Hall for youth ages 5-14.  


Please register all children/youth.




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Oakland Rising and our collaborative partners are united in our vision for a city that embodies health, happiness, safety, and equal opportunities for all. Our goal is to create a model of progress and sustainability that showcases the possibilities for American cities in the 21st century. We are committed to dismantling the barriers of racial, economic, political, environmental, and educational inequities that have divided us, and instead, embracing the collective strength found in our city’s diversity. We firmly believe that Oakland can achieve its full potential when every resident, student, and bus rider has the ability to shape our city’s future. This vision is attainable and we are determined to realize it through our collective actions, whether it’s through voting, meetings, or call to actions.

Every year, we release a Vision, Issues, and Policy Platform (VIPP) which outlines the annual policies that we and our eight partner organizations prioritize in order to advance racial, economic, and environmental justice in the Town. Our collaborative’s agenda encompasses a range of critical initiatives, from expanding affordable housing to creating a more equitable democracy through campaign finance reforms. These priorities are designed to provide vital protections and innovative solutions for the most vulnerable members of our community. As we continue our efforts to promote these policies, we hold conversations with thousands of voters, lead and co-host impactful town hall meetings, educate and mobilize residents and voters, and undertake various other initiatives.

To gain a deeper understanding of our commitment to resist, protect, and advance in this political moment, we invite you to explore our 2023 Vision, Issues, and Policy Platform. Together, we are making strides towards a more equitable and just Oakland, and we remain steadfast in our pursuit of change, one vote, one meeting, one march at a time.

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